Today, at Unwind (a Yarn store in Burbank and not the dystopian novel by Neal Shusterman), Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen stopped by to celebrate their book Extra Yarn (Balzer & Bray, January 17, 2012). The event was a part of Unwind's celebration of Yarn Crawl LA (a four day, self-guided tour Los Angeles County's Yarn Stores).
Alethea (@frootjoos on twitter) is a knitter and pulled her buddies (Alyson, Thuy, Kimberly and others) from Bridge to Books into helping with this event. Yeah, twist our arms. We are all big fans of Jon and Mac so it didn't take much to convince us to help.
Alethea kept in the spirit of the story and covered wooden block letters to look like the cover.
Thuy (@fishgirl182) yarnbombed some little houses so they would look like they were pulled right out of the book.
Mac and John signed books, chatted with fans, and entertained young readers who came out to draw and have some fun.
Mac read Extra Yarn to the audience. Don't watch the clip if you don't want to hear the end of the book. However, this was my favorite part since Mac does a great Archduke. Since he was a little late to the signing due to Los Angeles traffic, the lovely Mia (Unwind's resident bookworm) read it to the audience members who got there early, and did a great job!
Also, the extra talented Alethea made yarn inspired cake pops for the event. I wish I had taken a close up of these yummy treats.
I (Alyson) also finally ran into Carter Higgins, a twitter buddy. One of these days, we will also run into each other at Vroman's.
To celebrate today's event, I am giving away a signed copy of Extra Yarn to one lucky person. Please fill out the form to enter. You have until April 21, 2012 to enter to win.
Please note: This post has been cross posted over at Kid Lit Frenzy.